The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918

Notes and Fragments

Mr. E. W. Winkler writes the editor: "Some of the Diaugh-
ters of the Confederacy may write you in regard to. the poem
printed in the last number of the QUARTERLY.
"The enclosed copy varies in many details from the copy
printed. Perhaps attention should b.e called to this fact, and the
name of the author given in next issue." The copy furnished
by Mr. Winkler follows:
Representing nothing on God's earth now,
And naught in the waters below) it;
As the pledge of a nation that passed away,
Keep it, dear friend, and show it.
Show it to those who will lend an ear
To the tale this trifle will tell,
Of Liberty born of a patriot's dream,
Of a storm'-cradled nation that fell.
Too poor to possess the precious ores,
And too much of a stranger to borrow;
We issued today our "promise to pay,"
And hoped to redeem on the morrow.
The da:ys rolled on, and weeks became years,
But our coffers were empty still;
Gold was so scarce, the Treasury quaked
If a dollar should drop. in the till.
But the faith that was in us was strong indeed,
Though our poverty well we descerned,
And this little note represented the pay
That our suffering veterans earned.
They knew it had hardly a value in gold,
But as gold our soldiers received it;
It gazed in our eyes with a promise to pay,
And every true soldier believed it.


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed September 5, 2015.